The safety of our community has always been important to me. That's why 32 years ago, I chose to go into law enforcement. I've committed my professional career to helping apprehend the criminals who victimize innocent people.
The citizens of Richland have benefited from the hard work of their police department. Ours is a relatively safe community. The challenge is to keep it that way.
Local police departments and the sheriff's office have continuously been asked to do more with less financial support. Locally, our departments have combined resources as much as possible to ensure efficiency. But they're now stretched to their limits.
The Benton County public safety sales tax will fund six additional police officers for Richland. Escalating violence and the increasing presence of criminal street gangs has made this imperative if we are to keep Richland a safe community.
Three pennies on a $10 purchase is an excellent value to ensure our quality of life.
We're extremely fortunate that Tri-City residents have been very supportive of members of the law enforcement community. I hope they continue their support by approving the public safety sales tax on Aug. 5.
MIKE COBB, Richland